The great ski looks of a Moncler Grenoble collection often play a fabulous second fiddle to the knockout presentation the company offers each year. This season was no exception, with men and women dressed in black and white ski looks, sunglasses and fur boots and hats. Models took their places in jumbo white-light picture frames on a four-level grid— back lights blinking on and off.
Out in front were nine male singers of the Pendulum Choir and its orchestra conductor, all dressed in down-filled quilted morning suits, elevated and harnessed to hydraulic platforms that oscillated dramatically in all directions to electronically mixed alpine music. Sound complicated? It was actually hypnotic.
And behind it all, the models in all-in-one suits, fur-trimmed jackets and knits — most were close-fitting with stretch quilting, giving everything a sleek retro feel rather than the bulk of more ordinary ski and climbing looks.
For men, it was about the mix and match of fabrics and their technology. An English wool was thermal and drip-proof, sometimes with a tweed effect, while wool and corduroy trousers had a nylon core for performance — a great use of high-tech fabrics, whether up in the mountains or back in the city.